Pronunciation: (lēp),[key] —v.,leaped or leapt, leap•ing, —n.
—v.i. 1. to spring through the air from one point or position to another; jump: to leap over a ditch. 2. to move or act quickly or suddenly: to leap aside; She leaped at the opportunity. 3. to pass, come, rise, etc., as if with a jump: to leap to a conclusion; an idea that immediately leaped to mind.
—v.t. 1. to jump over: to leap a fence. 2. to pass over as if by a jump.
3. to cause to leap: to leap a horse.
—n. 1. a spring, jump, or bound; a light, springing movement.
2. the distance covered in a leap; distance jumped.
3. a place leaped or to be leaped over or from.
4. a sudden or abrupt transition: a successful leap from piano class to concert hall. 5. a sudden and decisive increase: a leap in the company's profits. 6. by leaps and bounds, very rapidly: We are progressing by leaps and bounds. 7. leap in the dark, an action of which the consequences are unknown: The experiment was a leap in the dark. 8. leap of faith, an act or instance of accepting or trusting in something that cannot readily be seen or proved.